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Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I move amendment No. 3: In page 5, to delete lines 23 to 25 and substitute the following: “(2) An employee shall be entitled to up to and including 10 statutory sick leave days in a year, or such additional number of statutory sick leave days (if any) up to 30, as may stand specified from time to time by order of the Minister under section 6.”.

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I will repeat what we said on Committee Stage. Whenever an improvement to the lot of the worker is proposed, the Government always seems to speak of Armageddon and about how difficult it will be for employers and how businesses will fold, etc. Whenever we propose issues such as a basic rate of pay, a living wage or anything in this area we are always told it will place an unreasonable...

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I will speak to my amendments. We debated this over and back with the Minister of State, Deputy English, on Committee Stage. He said that he would go back and reflect on some of the measures. This element of the Bill is a non-starter for us. We introduced our own sick pay legislation through Private Member's business two years ago. As Deputy Murphy quite rightly said, the pandemic now...

Just Transition: Statements (18 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: The annual State of the Global Climate report provides another damning indictment of our failure to adequately respond to and tackle climate change. Four indicators broke records last year, namely, ocean heat, ocean acidification, greenhouse gas concentrations and sea level rises. We are out of time. We are out of time. However, if we want to avert further damage, we need a just...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Student Visas (18 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 85. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to significant delays being reported by students who have applied for a J1 student visa through a private company (details supplied); if there is any role his Department can take to assist students in resolving the situation [25405/22]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Youth Unemployment (17 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 122. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the specific measures that her Department is taking to tackle youth unemployment. [18633/22]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Social Welfare Rates (17 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 155. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the measures that are under way to bring maternity benefit to a standard available to workers elsewhere in Europe; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25356/22]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh – Priority Questions: Special Educational Needs (12 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I will be honest with the Minister of State. When I tabled this question last week I assumed the allocations would have been published by the time we discussed it. I do not need to know how many SNAs there are or how good a job they do. I need to know when the allocations will be published by the Minister of State’s Department so SNAs, schools and families can plan for September....

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh – Priority Questions: Special Educational Needs (12 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I do not think the Minister of State is hearing what I am saying. It is not good enough to say the allocation is always made in May. SNAs are telling me it is not good enough and that the same thing happens every year. They cannot plan for September. They are the last group of school workers who are ever thought of. This year, the staff schedule came out in April whereas it has come out...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh – Priority Questions: Special Educational Needs (12 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 60. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the allocations for SNAs will be released to schools to allow SNA teachers, schools and parents plan for the needs of children in the next school year. [23608/22]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh – Priority Questions: Special Educational Needs (12 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: It is mid-May and the special needs assistant, SNA, allocations have yet to be published. SNAs across the country speak regularly about the lack of respect shown to them by the Department of Education. It is hard not to agree with them when it comes to the middle of May and the allocations for next September are not available. They must plan for their own lives and planning is required for...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Funding (12 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 79. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost to restore the standard capitation rate for pupils in primary schools to €200. [23612/22]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Funding (12 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 99. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of a 10% increase in the ancillary services grant for primary and special schools; the costings broken down to cover the cost from 1 September 2023 to 31 December 2023 and for the period 1 January 2024 to 31 December 2024. [23613/22]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Crime Prevention (12 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 133. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the work or measures that her Department plans to take to address anti-social, behaviour and drug dealing on school premises outside school hours in the Dublin area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23611/22]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: State Examinations (12 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 136. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the date for the results for leaving certificate 2022; if the date will be issued in sufficient time in order to meet the deadlines for students who have offers from universities overseas to confirm their results; if she will address the fears of delayed commencement dates for first year students in Irish higher education institutions due to...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Special Educational Needs (12 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 161. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if her attention has been drawn to the serious concern among parents of children attending special schools that their children will not receive adequate summer provision; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that home-based programmes are considered the least effective means of delivering the scheme; if, 80% of children who attended...

Living Wage Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I thank the Minister of State for his response. We appreciate that he is not opposing the Bill but again, our interest is in what that actually means. Many pieces of legislation are brought forward in these Houses that the Government says it will not oppose. It cannot be a passive act, however, and it must work with Opposition to bring this to fruition. I am glad to see that Mr. David...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: School Patronage (11 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I very much appreciate the Minister's attendance and it demonstrates her commitment to this debate. The school development area in my constituency is known as Killester Raheny Clontarf. People familiar with north Dublin know the borders as the Malahide Road, the coast and the Oscar Traynor and Kilbarrack roads. Within the area there are approximately seven second level schools, all of...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: School Patronage (11 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I thank the Minister and I appreciate her reply. Again, every area is different. She has said there are seven post-primary schools serving the Killester Raheny Clontarf area, but as I said, four are all-girls schools and one is of a Church of Ireland ethos and has a remit wider than the immediate area for the entirety of north Dublin. It is a particular case. I am encouraged by the...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Funding (11 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 178. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost to increase the standard capitation rate for pupils in primary schools by 20%, from 1 September 2023 to 31 December 2023 and for the period 1 January 2024 to 31 December 2024. [23783/22]

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